Social Worker

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
21/04/2024 23:59
£33,024 - £36,648 (pre-progression) / £38,223 - £42,403 (post-progression)
plus £2,500 Recruitment and Retention allowance for social workers post ASYE, £2,000 Welcome payment for NQSW
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
An approved team location. Hybrid working options are available.
Number of posts:
Closing date:
21 Apr
Further Information
We are looking for social workers who have completed their assessed and supported year in employment to join our Families First Service.

You will work with our most vulnerable children, young people and families. Your expertise will support families, help keep children safe and enable them both to thrive.

We have posts available in teams across County Durham, and can take your preferences into account when agreeing where you will be based.

If you have recently qualified and are looking to start your social work career in Durham we would still love to hear from you. Please contact one of our Social Work Academy practice leads Jane Farrell or Gladys Mante-Nyadu to discuss the opportunities available to you .You can contact Jane by e-mail at Jane.Farrell@durham.gov.uk, or by telephone on 07582665535, and Gladys by e-mail at gladys.mante-nyadu@durham.gov.uk, or by telephone on 03000 266172.

This is a rewarding and varied role working with children and families in need of help and protection. You will complete single assessments, work with children on a Child in Need basis, undertake Child Protection work and enquiries under Section 47, as well as Public and Private Law.

Using our signs of safety practice model in a strengths-based, relational, trauma aware way, you will work alongside families to build safety plans and networks with the child's voice at the centre of all that you do.

What can you expect from us?
When you work for Durham, we put you first - we’re passionate about our people and offer a great working environment.
  • Your team manager will provide you will regular reflective supervision.
  •  A network of practitioners will support your work with children and families including family workers, a dedicated family time team, a supporting solutions service for young people on the “edge of care” and strong early help services.
  • We will support you to have a great work/life balance, with hybrid working and flexible working options including compressed hours and part-time roles.
  • We will invest in your future. When you join us you will benefit from a comprehensive induction and training programme, and as the largest local authority of the North East we can offer you lots of opportunities to develop your career whether you see your future in frontline practice or in a management role.
You can find out more about children’s Social Work in Durham on our webpage at: https://www.durham.gov.uk/childrenssocialwork

You can find out more about the other rewards and benefits available to you when you work for us including a generous leave entitlement of up to 32 days and access to the local government pension scheme at: https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/26895/Rewards-and-benefits

If you are looking to relocate to join us removal, lodging and separation expenses of up to £8,000 may be available to you if you live outside of County Durham and in excess of 30 miles in a straight line from your new base, along with a number of other criteria for eligibility.

Are you ready to apply?
We encourage you to contact Elly Mitchell, one of our team managers for an informal discussion about the role before you apply. You can contact Elly by e-mail at elly.mitchell@durham.gov.uk.

We are a proud equal opportunities employer and recognise the value of difference, having a diverse talented workforce brings new ideas and new perspectives, which will facilitate growth and improvements to services.

As a Disability Confident Leader, we encourage applications from disabled people and can provide support throughout the recruitment process. We guarantee an interview to applicants who can show they meet all the essential criteria for the role and have indicated they have a disability, are a looked after young person, care leaver or a veteran.

The successful applicants for these posts will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.

Durham County Council currently operates a hybrid working policy where a model of 2 days in the workplace and 3 days at home/remote will apply. This model is pro-rated for part time roles and arrangements are at managers discretion, alternatively you can work all of your contracted hours within the workplace if you prefer.

Apply on-line or for further assistance contact Payroll and Employee Services via email NEJ@durham.gov.uk or PESCYPS@durham.gov.uk.

In line with the County Council’s Recruitment & Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CV’s. Any information provided on CV’s will not be considered for short-listing purposes.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered with North East Jobs, including your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email after the closing date for notification from DONOTREPLY@NORTHEASTJOBS.ORG.UK’ as you will not be notified by any other means.